Sunday, August 17, 2008

Trade Me, Something-A-Ruther: Thomas Harrington

Thomas from Illinois is a guy I've traded with before, and he sent me this package. Like John before, Thomas will get the double-point bonus.

Just a reminder; if you're interested in participating in this gimmick contest, drop me a line.

Card #1 2006 Fleer Tradition Grass Roots Albert Pujols

This is off to a good start (Five Points).

Card #2 2006 Upper Deck Inaugural Images Tomoya Satozaki

Starting catcher for Japan in the '06 WBC. He plays for Bobby Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines in NPB (Five points).

Cards #3 & #4 2006 Topps Wal-Mart inserts of Carlos Zambrano and Mickey Mantle

These are the first two cards from this set I've ever owned, and it's kind of like the Trading Card History in this year's Topps. The Zambrano is done in the style of '92 Topps and the Mantle is based on the 1970 set. I like these cards so much, I'm unilaterally declaring them a Secret Set. (Ten Points + Ten Point Secret Set bonus)

Card #5 2007 Bowman Fred Lewis

Fred Lewis is quietly putting up decent numbers. Too bad this is only a base card. (One Point)

Card #6 2007 Fleer Perfect 10 NL Chipper Jones

Decent insert, from a greatly-missed product. (Five Points)

Card #7 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter N-43 Ryan Zimmerman

How the hell are you supposed to store these things without damaging them? Any suggestions? (Five Points)

Card #8 2007 Topps Heritage Chris Coste

Some guys (like Coste) were born to play in Philadelphia, and others just aren't. I'm looking right at you, J-Roll. (One Point)

Card #9 2007 Topps Heritage Then & Now Ted Williams & Joe Mauer

This may be the only time Teddy Ballgame and Joe Mauer will ever be on the same card again. (Five Points)

Card #10 2007 Topps Heritage Flashback Stan Musial

This card commemorates Stan Musial's 3000th base hit -- which was a pinch hit. (Five Points)

Card #11 2007 Upper Deck Goudey Reggie Jackson (SP)

This card shows Reggie (not surprisingly) as a Yankee. The thing is, he only played five of his 21 seasons with them. I'd like to see a Reggie Jackson Oriole card, for once. (Two Points)

Card #12 2008 Topps Heritage Then & Now Ernie Banks & A-Rod

Both players led the Majors in RBI. (Five Points)

Cards #13 & 14 2008 Upper Deck Hot Commodities Derek Jeter and Tim Lincecum

There are way too many pack/retailer-exclusive inserts in UD this year. (10 Points)

Cards #15 & #16 2008 Upper Deck Star Attractions John Maine and Jonathan Papelbon

Like I said, there are way too many pack-exclusive inserts in UD this year. (10 Points)

Cards #17-20 2008 Upper Deck StarQuest (Common)

Hanley Ramirez, Frank Thomas, Big Jim Thome, and David Wright are the SQ's. This is one of my favorite inserts of '08. (20 Points + 20 Point Secret Set Bonus)

Despite not sending a single serial-numbered card, the four StarQuests boosted Thomas' final score to 238 points (119 points doubled). He takes over the lead from John.

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